Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Meatloaf Minis

Nothing says home cooking like meatloaf.  As All-American as apple pie, there are as many meatloaf recipes as there are home cooks.  Meatloaf is easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive.  The twist to this recipe is to make the meatloaf in a muffin tin.  The minis guarantee portion control, and leftovers can be frozen in a zip top plastic bag and reheated for single serving lunches or dinners.  Serve the meatloaf minis with roasted potatoes or mashed cauliflower and your favorite steamed green veggie.  

Meatloaf Minis 

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup ketchup, divided
1 1/2 pounds ground beef, extra lean (raw)
1 cup finely crushed low sodium saltine crackers (about 20)
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 tablespoons The Delicious Dietitian Italian Spice Blend
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, dried oregano, and minced garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Cool.
Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, and the remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl.
Spoon the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes.  Serving size 2 minis.  

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